Westminster puts 2 sites on hold as downtown plan is drawn up

Old post office, Farmers Supply affected

June 15, 1999|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF

Westminster's mayor and Common Council voted last night to place a three-month moratorium on accepting plans to develop two locations on Main Street that are deemed keys to downtown revitalization.

Plans for development of the 1934 post office building and the Farmers Supply Co. will have to wait until at least mid-September while a report by Westminster city planners on revitalization of the downtown corridor is completed.

"As we look at all the sites together, it is important to have the remaining sites be developed in the way we'd like to see happen," said Councilman Gregory Pecoraro.

The brick post office, at 83 E. Main St., closed in August when the Postal Service moved to a new building on Woodward Drive outside town.

The other property, the Farmers Supply Co. site, is also on Main Street, at Green and Liberty streets.

The parcel was identified in a 1994 report on Westminster redevelopment as "an ideal location for a quality housing development or office complex."

Carroll County Bank & Trust Co. was set to build a $6 million office complex and parking garage on the 1-acre Farmers site, but the bank was sold and the project did not come to fruition.

The property, surrounded by a chain-link fence, remains vacant.

The council's action last night sets the stage for the fall report from the planning department on future planning and zoning issues in the downtown business district. The council also suspended the business zoning on those two sites until Sept. 15.

In other action, the council voted to pay $38,173 to a Westminster contractor to repaint and repair the porch and shutters at City Hall.

The council also approved paying $44,990 to hire Frank General Contractor Inc. to demolish the 1.15-acre Southern States Cooperative property two blocks north of Main Street.

A parking lot is expected to be built on the property, which the city acquired last year for $151,760.

In a 1994 report by a private consultant on the revitalization of Westminster, additional parking was listed as a significant part of the redevelopment effort.

Pub Date: 6/15/99

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